State University System
Deadlines extended for USF, FAMU, FIU, UCF Trustee Applications
Sunshine State News (blog)
The state Board of Governors has extended its deadline for applicants for board of trustee positions at Florida A&M University, Florida International University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida. The deadline is now March 4. The USF vacancy is for a term ending Jan. 6, 2016. The vacancies at FAMU, FIU and UCF are each for a term ending Jan. 6, 2018. For information, visit http://www.flbog.edu. The “Trustee Vacancies” button is in the lower left of the page.
West Palm Beach Takes Fight for FSU on the Road
Broward Net Online
West Palm Beach is putting on a full-court press to ensure anyone deciding the fate of the Florida State University Digital Media program understands that taking the program out of West Palm Beach will sacrifice jobs, economic opportunity, and put an end to the creation of a new industry cluster in the state of Florida. Following media reports of a meeting held earlier in the week, city officials confirmed that Tuesday a delegation from the city traveled to Naples, Florida to meet with Ed Morton. Morton is one of three Florida Board of Governors members examining the FSU program…
FSU Mag lab to receive $168 million grant
WTXL ABC 27
Officials from the National Science Foundation will visit the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Mag Lab) at Florida State University and present the institution with a $168 million grant…
Best Value Colleges strive to cut tuition sticker shock
[photo caption] Students walk through campus at New College of Florida in Sarasota, which has been named a “best value” college by Princeton Review every year for the last five years…
UF Career Showcase held Tuesday and Wednesday
University of Florida students and alumni will line up outside the O’Connell Center Tuesday and Wednesday, hoping to gain advantages in their job searches. UF’s Career Resource Center will hold its biannual Career Showcase…
4 state colleges, USF to allow credit transfer
Typically, a Florida student with bachelor’s-degree aspirations might start at a state or community college and later transfer those credits to a major university such as the University of South Florida. On Monday, USF and four regional state colleges created a system of reverse credit transferring that will allow students to count USF credits toward two-year associate degrees awarded by the colleges…
USF named national leader in online offerings
The University of South Florida continues to make a name for itself as an educational frontrunner. The Guide to Online Schools recently included USF on its list of 2013 best overall institutions in offering affordable, high-quality online education …
State College System
Brevard Community College to get more security
With visions of campus massacres and Sandy Hook fresh in every mind, Brevard Community College announced strong measures Monday to keep students safe…
Pensacola State College hosts Sandy Sansing Spelling Bee this week
Pensacola News Journal
Escambia and Santa Rosa County middle, elementary and high school students will compete in the 37th annual Sandy Sansing Dealerships Spelling Bee this week at the Pensacola State College Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium…
Independent Colleges and Universities
Social media at center of marketing, public relations campaigns in South Florida
…Consider Lynn University’s high-profile role as host to the final 2012 Presidential Debate, on its Boca Raton campus. The university’s event-driven media blitz, drove public participation and online interactive numbers to new heights, earning the Lynn three Bernays Awards. Lynn received the PR Campaign By a Large Company or Firm Award for its Presidential Debate 2012 that generated thousands of positive media placements worth millions of dollars…
Little Salt Spring, Valuable Florida Archaeological Site, Closed By University of Miami
…Little Salt Spring in Sarasota County has yielded more artifacts that shed light on the first occupiers in Florida than virtually any other archaeological site in the state. The artifacts gleaned from the spring in the past 21 years have given scientists a glimpse into what it was like to live here even before the first pyramids appeared in Egypt and ages before de Leon named the state. That effort is ending. Scientific divers made their last foray into the dark depths three weeks ago after the University of Miami‘s Rosensteil School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, the owner of the site, announced the research facility was closing down because of shrinking budgets…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Florida Supreme Court to Legislature: Hands off the universities
Palm Beach Post
The ruling emphasized the separation of powers: The Legislature finances universities; the Board of Governors controls them.
FAU’s Prank-Star: Vitaly Zdorovetskiy
YouTube star Vitaly Zdorovetskiy — well known at FAU for his Do You Even Lift? video which has been viewed 1.2 million times with 24,616 “likes” and 928 “dislikes” — calls himself a “professional idiot,” but he didn’t leave his native home of Murmansk, Russia just to play jokes. Zdorovetskiy wants to be a star.
One-Way Tickets To Florida: Puerto Ricans Escape Island Woes
But Jorge Duany, a professor of anthropology at Miami’s Florida International University, says the financial troubles arrived after decades of prosperity on the island — an era that greatly expanded the middle class. ”And there was substantial economic growth,” Duany says. “The educational system expanded. So there was actually a large group of people who were then capable of investing, migrating or at least buying land in Florida so they or their kids could use it later on.”
FAMU, FSU presidents urge Leon lawmakers to support funding requests
The presidents of both of Tallahassee’s public universities told Leon County lawmakers they need more funding from the state. Florida State University President Eric Barron and Florida A&M University interim President Larry Robinson told the Leon County Legislative Delegation on Monday that they need the state to restore $300 million in budget reductions to state universities and provide more funding for construction on their campuses…Barron crafted an eight-page proposal on Jan. 22 for taking FSU into the top 25 of the nation’s public universities, a dramatic leap from the university’s No. 42 spot in the 2012 US News and World Report listing. Titled “A proposal for enhancing excellence, achieving national prominence and securing greater job opportunities for our students,” Barron sent a copy to Gov. Rick Scott last week.
Reax from Jeff Selingo to FSU’s U.S. News aspirations…
Severna Park native Kingsbury is inaugural men’s lacrosse coach at Lynn University
Severna Park native Brian Kingsbury has been hired as the inaugural head coach of men’s lacrosse at Lynn University, a Division II school located in Boca Raton, Fla. Kingsburgy is tasked with building a program from scratch in time to compete in the Sunshine State Conference. Kingsbury, who assumes his duties this month, comes to Lynn after serving as head coach at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. He led the Purple Knights to one of their most successful seasons, setting a school record with 11 wins while earning a No. 9 national ranking.
Michael Williams talks with Kevin Ross of Lynn University
Kevin M. Ross discusses the impact and associated benefits of hosting the final presidential debate at Lynn University on WPTV’s Sunday morning public affairs program, To the Point.
Things to Do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 5
St. Petersburg College will present poets Denise Duhamel and Peter Meinke reading from their work on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus Library, 2465 Drew St. in Clearwater; and at 5:30 p.m…
Angelou, Kendrick Lamar to come to UF for Black History Month
Famed author Maya Angelou and popular rapper Kendrick Lamar are coming to the University of Florida for Black History Month. Angelou will speak at the Phillips Center on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m. for the event, which is free and open to the public. Student groups Accent Speaker’s Bureau, Black History Month and Women’s History Month are sponsoring the appearance. Angelou is receiving $45,000 to speak.
UF graduates’ ad is a winner
Joe and Vinnie Taranto didn’t get to “Crash the Super Bowl” Sunday night, but they didn’t have to watch the game on TV either. The brothers, both graduates of the University of Florida, did not see their Doritos commercial aired during Super Bowl XLVII. But they got a hefty prize and watched the game in a Super Bowl VIP suite. The Taranto brothers’ ad, titled “Fetch,” was one of five finalists in the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. The brothers received $25,000, a five-day all-inclusive trip to New Orleans and two VIP suite tickets to the Super Bowl.
USF Disease Warriors Explore New Use For Research
Two USF researchers manning a metabolic assault on debilitating diseases such as ALS (often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), epilepsy and even brain cancer are attracting interest from an unexpected potential partner. The U.S. Department of Defense and Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in the medical research by Drs. Csilla Ari and Dominic D’Agostino for its potential to increase the physical and cognitive performance of war fighters.
USF official quits in harassment case
A University of South Florida communications official accused of creating a hostile work environment has resigned. Michael Hoad, who as vice president of communications was the face of the university during such events as the firing of football coach Jim Leavitt and the acrimonious split of the Florida Polytechnic campus from USF, resigned effective Friday.
Releases and Web Stories
Family Enterprise competes in first global FECC
Stetson University Today
Sixteen teams – including one from Stetson University — from ten different countries and four different continents gathered in Burlington, Vt., for the first annual Family Enterprise Case Competition. Stetson University is well known for being the first university globally to offer a Family Enterprise major…
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Visits UF Law
University of Florida – Levin College of Law
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will be visiting UF Law, Tuesday, Feb. 5. The conversation is expected to cover a number of issues, including proportionality in sentencing, the Justice’s proposal for an amendment of the Supremacy Clause of Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, and the Justice’s criminal law jurisprudence. The discussion will be facilitated by a panel of UF Law faculty members. It will be held in the Marcia Whitney Schott Courtyard from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Tickets are required to attend the discussion.
Florida Players stage dark comedy this weekend
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Emails. Facebook notifications. Tweets. In the 21st century, as soon as one text message is sent, another arrives with a chime of a smartphone. The stream of news feeds, Tumblr reblogs, Google+1’s, Instagram photos and friend requests never pauses.
Maya Angelou, celebrated author and poet, to speak at UF Feb. 27
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The ACCENT Speaker’s Bureau, Black History Month, and Women’s History Month at the University of Florida will bring Maya Angelou, a poet, novelist and civil rights activist, to campus Feb. 27.
Career Showcase to affect parking near O’Connell Center this week
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida students and employees are advised that the top two levels of the O’Connell Center parking garage will be reserved all day Tuesday and Wednesday for Career Showcase use, and the top level and ramp will be reserved on Thursday…
The Chieftains return to the Phillips Center Sunday
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Paddy Maloney, The Chieftains and special guests will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts…